|Brief description and main aims|
|A shelter for homeless, destitute, abused and abandoned women and children, where they are provided with the very basic and spiritual needs. The main objective of the project is to assist the clients of the shelter to regain their dignity and self worth by empowering them and equipping them with some “tools” to help intergrate them back into society.
Within the shelter, the volunteer will act as an extension to their very small staff team, supplementing and enhancing the services that they offer. Volunteers will experience living and working within an alternate social environment, as opposed to the popular tourist notions of our country.
|General work like cleaning etc., initiators of programmes eg. library, garden crèche, supporters, educators, marketers of programmes, listeners/ counselling, helpers in kitchen, garden, and library etc.|
|Volunteer requirements / Skills|
|Mitchell’s Plain is a largely colored township about 20 km from the city of Cape Town. It is located on the Cape Flats on the False Bay coast between Strandfontein and Khayelitsha.
Conceived of as a “model township” by the Apartheid government, it was built during the 1970s to provide housing for colored victims of forced removal due to the implementation of the Group Areas Act (many families relocated here from District Six when it was razed to the ground).
Mitchells Plain is one of fifteen areas identified as high priority for action against crime and drug abuse – renowned for its gangsterism and tik addiction amongst its youth, and although violent gangs are a way of life, Mitchell’s Plain in no way resembles the informal settlements that line the N2.
|Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)|
|Residantial project, the volunteers live at the project.|